Republicans wary over Wolf-proposed-budget’s silence on cost drivers

Republicans wary over Wolf-proposed-budget’s silence on cost drivers

Though less combative than in past years following budget addresses by Gov. Tom Wolf, Republican leaders Tuesday offered their reaction to the governor’s FY 2017-2018 budget address.

 

Senate Republicans were first up to offer their spin on the governor’s proposed $32.3 billion spending plan, noting their concern that the governor was silent on major budget cost-drivers like pension reform and long-term care where Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said the governor “offered nothing to restructure the problem."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Bill to eliminate future Keystone Exam development, provide graduation requirement flexibility to career and technical students begins legislative journey

Bill to eliminate future Keystone Exam development, provide graduation requirement flexibility to career and technical students begins legislative journey

The House Education Committee Monday unanimously approved House Bill 2381, legislation introduced by Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) that would provide graduation requirement flexibility to students enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) and eliminate the statutory requirement of the development of seven additional Keystone Exams.

Monday, October 17, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Summer Session: Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York)

Summer Session: Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York)

The PLS Reporter joined Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) at his district office to find out what he has been doing since the legislature left the Capitol in July. 

Rep. Saylor said his busy days in his district office is his favorite part of his job.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Lawmakers examine new education funding scheme

Lawmakers examine new education funding scheme

While House Bill 1552 sits on the Governor’s desk, the Education committee had a hearing regarding a new Basic Education Funding formula.

A new proposal, drafted by Rep. David Parker (R-Monroe), will look to implement new ideas to benefit schools burdened by hold harmless provisions even though the Basic Education Funding Commissions formula has only been around for one fiscal year.

Thursday, May 26, 2016/Author: Kyle Maguire
House Education Chair: 95 percent of school districts able to stay open until October

House Education Chair: 95 percent of school districts able to stay open until October

As Pennsylvania’s state budget impasse continues to drag on into the start of the school year and districts begin to plan for contingencies in case the stalemate continues, House Education Committee Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) said Monday that around 95 percent of Pennsylvania’s school districts will likely to survive until October without state funding.

“Statewide I have not seen a school district that can’t open [on time],” he told a small group of reporters following Monday’s Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon featuring Education Sec. Pedro Rivera. “I think the school districts as a whole, the majority—I mean great majority—I’m going to say 95 percent of them probably can survive into October without taking a loan, possibly.”

He added those that are more financially distressed might have to go out for a line of credit a little sooner.

Currently, he noted school districts have already started to collect property taxes and other sources of their own revenue.

Monday, August 24, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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